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A Guide to Fall Gardening

By Edited May 7, 2014 0 0

Fall Gardening

A lot of gardeners don't even consider fall gardening because of the wintertime frosts that may come too soon. On the contrary, fall gardening will make excellent vegetables and will prolong crops long after spring planted plants are finished. Vegetables farmed from fall gardening are occasionally sweeter and milder than those that grow in the summertime and provide a brand new taste to the same old veggies.

What you decide to grow during you fall gardening will depend upon your available space and what you prefer to eat, much like spring plants. Even the crops that love the heat, like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, okra, and peppers, will grow until frosts hit, which can come late in the year in southern areas. Nevertheless, there are some plants that will relinquish towards the end of summer like snap-beans, summer squash, and cucumbers. If these vegetables are planted about the middle of the summer they can be harvested till the first frosts as well. Hardy, tough vegetables grow until the temperature is as low as 20 degrees, but those that aren't as firm should only be able to grow through light frosts. Keep in mind that if you have root and tuber plants and the tops are wiped out by a freeze the edible portion can be saved when a large quantity of mulch is applied.

While fall gardening, make a point to pick the vegetables with the short growing season so they can be fully grown and harvested before the frost arrives. Most seed packets will be marked "early season", or you'll be able to find the seeds boasting the fewest days to maturity. You might want to go after your seeds for fall gardening in spring or early summer; they're normally not kept in stock towards the end of summer. If they're laid in a cool and dry location they will keep until you're set up to plant.

In order to recognize exactly when the best time to start fall gardening, you must know about when the first hard frost will arrive at your area. Among the best ways to tell this is by a Farmer's Almanac. They will give you accurate dates and are seldom wrong. You will also need to know precisely how long it is going to take your plants to mature.

To get your soil set up for fall gardening you must first take out any leftover spring/summertime crops and weeds. Crops remaining from the last season can wind up spreading bacteria and disease if left in the garden. Scatter a couple of inches of compost or mulch over the garden area to increase the nutrients, still, if spring plants were fertilized to a great extent it may not need much, if any. Till the top layer of soil, soak it down, and let it set for around 12-24 hours. Once this has been made, you're set up to start planting.

Several gardeners stir clear from fall gardening so they don't have to make do with frosts, but if tough, sturdy vegetables are planted they can hold out a few frosts and give you some fantastic tasting produce. Fall gardening gives you the chance to relish your vegetable garden for at least a bit more time.

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